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Originally Posted by JayT View Post
 

^^ Or put it in a pant's pocket if you don't want to wear the harness.

 

But what happens if you lose a leg? ;)

 

The harness (aka the chafer) is probably the safest option, if awkward and not terribly comfortable. It is not uncommon for avalanche victims to have articles of clothing torn off, including pants, and backpacks can be especially vulnerable to getting caught and yanked off.

 

Pants pocket would be preferable to leaving it in the car, to be sure.

 

When I wear mine (so far, exactly once this season :/ ), I wear the harness. I think my next choice would be to put it in a pocket of a clothing layer, like a vest, next choice interior pocket of a jacket, exterior pocket, pants pocket. Last choice while still having the beacon with me would be backpack.

 

Amazing how much of this stuff there is to nitpick when it comes to avalanche safety, eh?

post #272 of 276
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Originally Posted by Pacobillie View Post

I am vacationing at Whitefish, MT.  Yesterday, there was an in bounds slide in Hellroaring Basin, just below picture chutes.  I was on the next run over, and the edge of the slide went by about 100 yards from where I stood.  If not for the advice of my skiing companion who recommended that we hug the ridge, I would have been in it.  Luckily, we were not!

Today, the beacon will be in the back pack, and I will wear it and turn it on, if I venture off piste again. 

Picture of the area, taken today from the other side of the Basin (which is closed now):

post #273 of 276
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Originally Posted by Pacobillie View Post

 

Today, the beacon will be in the back pack, and I will wear it and turn it on, if I venture off piste again. 

It is safer / better to wear it under your jacket, so it doesn't get ripped off with the back pack.  Glad you missed it.

I strongly second this. Unless your car keys are in your backpack, in which case the people who came in your car will be more concerned with finding your backpack than your body.

post #274 of 276
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Originally Posted by liv2 ski View Post
 

It is safer / better to wear it under your jacket, so it doesn't get ripped off with the back pack.  Glad you missed it.

That is exactly what I meant when I wrote "...I will wear it and turn it on".  Otherwise, when not in use, it just stays in the pack  for comfort reasons.  

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post #276 of 276
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Originally Posted by Pacobillie View Post
 

That is exactly what I meant when I wrote "...I will wear it and turn it on".  Otherwise, when not in use, it just stays in the pack  for comfort reasons.  


There is a reason for the old saw "on at the car, off at the bar". I don't always take gear when skiing inbounds. But if I take it, it is all coming. And on and double checked at the car or hotel room.

 

If the day has even the slightest question mark, the place for your beacon on your body and turned on IMO. And the place for shovel, probe, etc is on your back. 

 

It is amazing how stupid we can all be when something is not drilled into a pattern. Put it in the pack? By the time you fully realize it should be on you, it could be too late. Put it on in the field - and the lack of drilled "ritual" may cause you to forget to turn it on. Few things have made me feel as stupid as going to turn my beacon off after a huge day and realizing it was never on (and there is no shortage of things that have made me feel stupid...).

 

As others have said too - glad you missed it and it missed you...

 

I now try very hard to be disciplined about when and how I put my beacon on. And always remind myself that the cost is virtually nothing -  an extra set or so of batteries a year. Maybe...

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